Penguins Send Tanner Pearson To Vancouver In Exchange For Erik Gudbranson

Pearson who began the year in L.A. is heading back west

The PM Team with Poni & Mueller
February 25, 2019 - 3:57 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Penguins are struggling to make the playoffs this season, so on the day of the trade deadline you had to have a feeling that general manager Jim Rutherford was going to make a move.

The Penguins reportedly have acquired right-handed defenseman Erik Gudbranson for forward Tanner Pearson.

In 57 games this season Gudbranson has two goals and six assists. He is a minus 27.

Canucks Color Analyst John Garrett says while Gudbranson's wheels leave something to be desired he is "scary tough".

"Tough, tough.  His skating is something that people say, 'Well OK, you watch him skate, you think maybe the game has passed him by,' but I really like him a lot.  I think he's a serviceable stay-at-home defenseman, kills penalties pretty well and he is scary tough.  I think back to a game, the very first game the Canucks played this year, against the Calgary Flames and Noah Hanifin didn't like the way Gudbranson hit one of the Flames so he went after Gudbranson and Gudbranson broke his face and he missed two months."

Pearson started the year with the L.A. Kings before he was traded to the Penguins. In 44 games with the Pens, Pearson had nine goals and 5 assists. He was a minus 6.

Pearson was acquired back in November for Carl Hagelin.

Hagelin was traded to Washington last week.

There are also reports of a second trade for the Penguins, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports Florida defenseman Chris Wideman is coming to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jean Sebastian-Dea. 

Wideman has spent time with Ottawa, Edmonton and the Panthers this year, and has recently been with Florida's AHL team, the Springfield Thunderbirds, where he's scored 3 goals and 10 assists in 16 games. 

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